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Our library is the ‘Reader Before and After’ feature (pages 48-50) in the September 2008 issue of Home Magazine!

My Library in Home Magazine, September 2008

This is what June’s photo shoot was for. They photographed the studio and my office as well, but those are just on file and I don’t know if they’ll use them at any point.

Home Magazine, September 2008

The library (er, excuse me, the “book nook”) looks fantastic. Thank you, Beth Roehrig and Home Magazine!

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  • patricia
    August 20, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Congratulations! It looks wonderful!

  • sarah jane
    August 20, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    I am in love! WHat a stuning display! I am about ready to redo my bookcases, and I am very inspired! Thanks! and congrats!!!

  • Anna @ D16
    August 20, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Congratulations, Nicole! The house (and you & Brandon!) look great. How exciting. :)

  • vol25
    August 20, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    yay congrats to you two! I have been wondering what the photo shoot was for, now I need to go buy my copy! :)

  • M&Co
    August 20, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Congratulations! That is so fun, and your library is stunning! I love your wall color! :-)

  • Jen
    August 20, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Very exciting…Your library is pretty awesome.

  • lindsey w/ coveiter
    August 20, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Too funny…I am having new brake pads put on my car and I just flipped thru this magazine in the waiting area about 5 minutes ago. Saw the lovely article on you, got online and this post was in my reader. Congrats on the article. The room looks great!

    What is the green color you used, if you don’t mind me asking? I just picked out a very similar one for our own home.

    { Lindsey }

  • Desiree
    August 20, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Awesome…Good for you! What a great idea for unused space. You should be very proud of yourself!

  • Anna @ D16
    August 20, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Wow, I just saw on AT that Home magazine has folded. Looks like you made it to publication in just the nick of time!

    (Pssst: You’re missing the “.com” in your link to Home’s website!)

  • molly
    August 20, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    How fabulous! Congratulations Nicole and Brandon!

  • Mary
    August 20, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    That is wonderful – congrats! Plus – I love the word ‘nook’ – I have a writing nook, myself ;)

  • jayme lynn
    August 20, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    that’s so great! congratulations!

  • wanderluster
    August 20, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    That’s pretty awesome! Congrats.

  • katelynjane
    August 20, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Guess what magazine I’ll be buying tonight! Your living room came through great transitions to get to where it’s at now, it looks great!! You seem so good at putting things together like that, just like your sitting area outside. Oh and I love your curtians!

  • Cindy
    August 20, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Congrats!!! How did this come about? Did they contact you??

  • megan
    August 20, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    congrats, nicole! your home is so lovely, this is so deserved! :)

  • Kristen
    August 20, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    So VERY cool! A big congratulations! It looks beautiful and I look forward to going out and getting myself a copy. Good for you! You must be so excited!

  • Tatyana
    August 20, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    You know, I had no idea that was the space at the top of the stairs. I always thought it was a separate room.
    Looks great! I would also like to know how did this come about. Congrats!

  • Joi
    August 20, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    How flippin’ cool?!?!? You guys totally deserve it–your home is amazing!

    Yay for you : )

  • kay*
    August 20, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    i saw this yesterday when i was at the bookstore flipping through magazines – and though – i’ve seen this place! congrats! looks great.

  • moderneve
    August 20, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    what a great spread! i must admit that when i first saw your “book nook” project, i ran out to ikea and bought the same bookcases and doors. i love them! thanks for the inspiration, as always!

  • Jessica
    August 20, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Congrats! That really is a fantastic room…looks way expensive…


  • The Maiden Metallurgist
    August 20, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    I can’t believe that is your nook I was drooling over in Home last week!

  • Deanna
    August 20, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    I am a long time lurker and an Oak Park veteran – and was sitting in the dentist’s office last Friday, flipping through the issue of Home magazine of which you speak when I realized – hey – I’ve seen that room before! I was so proud! I love your style and really admire what you’ve done to your bungalow.

  • lsaspacey
    August 21, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Hey, cool! This reminded me that you had never shown us what you did to the stair area, we saw the before but no after, so this is great. Congrats!

  • Kristin
    August 21, 2008 at 8:09 am

    I love how you painted the beadboard yellow! Is it a stain or paint? Congrats it looks really good!

  • Jennae @ Green Your Decor
    August 21, 2008 at 8:42 am

    I can see why they chose your before and after! It’s fabulous! Makes me want to curl up and read a book right now :)

  • Little Paper Dog
    August 21, 2008 at 11:24 am


  • amy purple
    August 21, 2008 at 11:56 am

    What a nice feature! Congrats! This was definitely one of my favorite places when I was fortunate to get a tour of your place! I loved the dark chocolate wall color especially.

  • Julie Thigpen
    August 21, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    how exciting! it looks fantastic! congrats :)

  • Erin
    August 21, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    So lovely! What a wonderful opportunity to share the home-love.

  • Emilie
    August 21, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Wow, how exciting for you! I love it! If I had my own house I would want it to look very similar to yours. You have great taste!

  • susan
    August 21, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    ok. now I have to go buy that issue! :) nice to see your hard work recognized. I’ve always loved checking out what you’ve done. you and your husband are very talented people :)

  • Liz
    August 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Congratulations! I’m off to buy the issue :)

  • izabug
    August 21, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    congratulations nicole and brandon! this is one of my most favorite rooms ever and i am so glad that it was featured!

  • becky
    August 21, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Congratulations, I am so happy to see all of your hard work getting attention like this! You are a miracle worker!

  • Kylie
    August 21, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    How exciting!! It looks fabulous, I’ve always loved your library area and wish I had a similar space, but the top of my stairs is way too small. :( How exciting to see yourself in a magazine!

  • drey
    August 22, 2008 at 1:57 am

    fantastic photos Nic, congratulations… and keep those gorgeous creative ideas coming! :)

  • Home accessories lover
    August 22, 2008 at 3:44 am

    Oh wow! Congratulations! How is the feeling of being a famous magazine star?:D

  • Kate
    August 22, 2008 at 9:02 am

    How exciting! I’m going to pick up a copy today!

  • tricia
    August 22, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Wow! Congratulations! I love your library. I remember when you first posted pictures of it on your blog; I fell in love with it. That was my first visit to makingitlovely, and I was hooked :)

  • Jen
    August 22, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Fabulous…it looks incredible!!! Congratulations!

  • John
    August 22, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Ok, fine, give me one more reason to be crazy jealous of your library area…not sure how much more envy I can stand. :)



  • Jeanette
    August 22, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    congrats! The recognition is truly deserved! I have been admiring your library (and the rest of your beautiful home) for a while.

  • Jackee
    August 22, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Absolutely stunning – I love your book cases, were they custom? are they built in?
    Congrats to you and your beautiful home.

  • Christina
    August 22, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    How exciting! I’d be so embarrassed if pictures of my house showed up in a magazine.

    I kind of feel like I know a celebrity. I absolutely adore your blog most especially your style. I pretty much visit everyday and am in LOVE with how you’ve decorated your home. And now I feel like a stalker. :) Congrats on the feature!

  • georgia
    August 23, 2008 at 4:59 am

    Congratulations! It is indeed a very nice room!! Probably should buy this issue for another reason too:

  • Tracey
    August 23, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    I saw this in the magazine, and thought very creative use of space. Great job, and would love to see other projects…

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    August 24, 2008 at 7:08 pm


  • Abbey
    August 26, 2008 at 1:02 am

    CONGRATS!! I just read that issue last night…and when I got to your article I thought, “Hey! I read her blog!” Awesome!

    The nook looks Fantastic!! Love it!

  • Making it Lovely
    August 26, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Thanks everyone! Yes, it looks like I made it just in time. That’s too bad about the magazine – I like Home.

    I really need to get some photos of the stairway – sorry if you’ve been waiting! Between these photos and the ones with the new TV, you can pretty much see what was done.

    To answer a few questions, the ceiling color is “flowering herbs” from Benjamin Moore and the stairway color is “campground” from Behr. The bookcases aren’t custom or fancy built-ins, they’re Billy bookshelves from IKEA. And the magazine found me through the blog. :)

  • jenn ski
    August 26, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Wow! I’m so happy for you!

  • cassandra
    August 26, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    congrats! it photographs beautifully!!

  • Aharon
    August 27, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Your curtains are so much fun – they are funky, yet not overstated. What an accomplishment to have your room in a magazine. I just stumbled upon your blog this evening, and will be giving it some link love :)

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